Details of Railway Accidents in the Ottawa Area



1959, July 23 - Canadian National Vancouver-Montreal train, No. 4 The Continental, jumped an open switch a
quarter of a mile west of the Canadian National station at Alexandria, Alexandria subdivision. 




From Ottawa Journal Thursday 23 July 1959

Derailment Ties Up Main Line
ALEXANDRIA, Jury 23. (Special) The CNR's Continental Limited ran into difficulties difficulties when it jumped a switch and rammed into six cars on a spur line near the Alexandria station at 9.50 this morning.
The two end cars on the Continental left the track as the result of ithe impact but CNR officicials say nobody wasseriously injured.
One of the coal cars on the the spur line jumped the tracks and fell on a parked car.
An engine is being sent to clear the main line and get the Continental back on its run to Montreal.

From Ottawa Journal Friday 24 July 1959

AT ALEXANDRIA
Quick Thinking Engineer Averts Heavy Loss of Life
ALEXANDRIA.A quick-thinking engineer slammed on the brakes of the CNR's crack eastbound Continental Limited as it roared through here Thursday averting a serious accident.
Engineer Joseph Ouellette of Montreal saw an open switch and managed to reduce speed as the two powerful engines pulling 12 passenger-laden cars ran up the siding.
The engine plowed into five freight cars, knocking them from the rails, and slammed a coal gondola into a parking yard before stopping in an unright position beside the rails. No one was seriously injured.
Officials here said if the Vancouver-Montreal train had been doing its usual 80 miles an hour through this town about 20 miles north of Cornwall there could have been considerable loss of life.



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